Why God Isn’t Going To Make You Rich
I have to start by saying that I’m not an opposer of what people deem the “prosperity gospel”. I do believe it’s God’s will for us to prosper, not just in material things, but in life period. I also don’t find any verses in which God directly opposes our prosperity, in fact the opposite is stated in Scripture.
Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually,
“Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)
Now, what we define as prosperity and then why we think we want that prosperity are different, but in essence my personal study and belief holds that God doesn’t have an issue with Christians prospering, whether that’s financially, physically, emotionally, or so on. To engulf the totality of prosperity on money and material things is man’s error, not God’s. And to say God has called His children to a life of lack directly opposes the purpose of human creation (Genesis 1:26-28).
I could go on that tangent forever but the issue still stands that if God has no issue with our financial wealth, why are so many Christians destitute in that area?
God has been dealing with me about this issue for some time now, so, why do I think God isn’t going to make you rich?
You haven’t made room for it.
When we ask God to supply this money, it’s like we think it’s just going to magically appear in our bank account every month. I do believe in miracles, but I also believe that the faith people are using to ask God for wealth is dead because there are no works behind it (James 2:17). It’s like asking for someone to give you a gallon of water but you don’t have anything to put it in. We must create an avenue in which God can use to bless us, and He gives us the ability to create those avenues with the help of the Holy Spirit.
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Proverbs 8:11-12 (KJV)
We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) and the help of the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13), so all those creative ideas we push aside daily are avenues for blessings. Don’t forsake those times in which you think of something new to create, you realize a better way to do something or you become aware of the gifts and talents God placed inside of you. God provides the means to create wealth (Deut. 8:18) and then it’s up to us to pursue those things so He can give the increase (1 Cor. 3:7).
Too many people are looking for a harvest from a seed they never planted.
God can only give as much as you provide the space for Him to give it in. Look at the story of the Prophet Elisha and the widow woman (2 Kings 4). Her husband has died and she has no money to pay creditors who are now coming to take her sons. Elisha tells her to collect jars and pour oil into them and then this happens:
Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 2 Kings 4:6 (NKJV)
The oil didn’t stop flowing because it ran out, it stopped because she no longer had space for it to go into. While wealth is ideal, do I believe everyone will experience it? No. The Bible tells us that the poor will be with us always (Matthew 26:11) but the issue of lack is never God’s issue, its ours.
Stop looking for your job to be your only source. You’re limiting God with your lack of capacity. We should be looking for multiple streams of income from all that He has blessed us with. Everything you are and everything you have is designed to be used for God’s purpose. Of course there are several things that can contribute to a lack of finances but I felt the need to touch on this area because not only do we have not because we ask not, but we have not because we ask amiss or erroneously.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3 (NKJV)
So what do you have right now that is the answer to the prayers you’ve been praying for God to provide for you? What ideas can you pursue? What gifts and talents can you develop? It’s not about houses, cars and diamonds. James 4:3 makes it clear that asking amiss is also asking for something just to satisfy your own pleasures. All of our life should be focused on bringing God glory (1 Cor. 10:31).
True prosperity is about you living out your purpose to the fullest. As much as I love writing and believe it holds part of my purpose, I had to have the means to publish a book, it wasn’t free. God wouldn’t give you a purpose and then hinder you from fulfilling it. When it comes to wealth, you should seek for the ability to pursue your purpose without hindrance and then let your desires fall in proper priority. So rather than asking God to be rich, seek Him for what you should be doing for the Kingdom and then let your gift make the room God needs to fulfill your needs and desires.
A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men. Proverbs 18:16 (NKJV)